TO TAX AMERICAN VESSELS.
Should Not Use Welland Canal Free Of Cost.
St. Catharines, July 22nd - The opinion is very strong in places along the Welland canal that the dominion government should again resort to the old system of levying toll on the vessels carrying freight through the canal.
A large percentage of the vessels are American. They load at American points. That they enjoy the great privileges of the Welland canal free of cost is manifestly unjust, since the Canadian people paid the whole cost of building and are paying the whole cost of maintaining and operating this great inland waterway. There seems to be no very good reason why tolls should not again be imposed.
The steamer Caspian was three hours late on her down trip this morning.
The steamer Ramona left the dry dock this morning and proceeded to Clayton.
Craig's: steamer Alexandria up last night; steamer Waterlily up last night; propeller Persia up tomorrow.
M.T. company wharf: tug Emerson cleared for Charlotte and Port Dalhousie, taking a pulp-laden barge to the latter place.
Swift's: steamer Belleville up; steamer Rideau Queen from Ottawa; steamer Caspian from Charlotte; steamer Toronto down.
p.3 Napanee, July 22nd - Patrick O'Donnell, one of the crew of the schooner Mary, drowned; "The schooner was about to pull out, when a pike pole was dropped by one of the men. O'Donnell jumped overboard to recover it, but never came up...."
Capt. M. Shaw, Colborne, lately purchased the Bertie Calkins, three-masted schooner of 500 tons of coal capacity, drawing ten feet of water.
The U.S. Department of Commerce has remitted $900 of a fine of $1,000 imposed by Steamboat Inspectors Chestnut and Moulther on the steamer Riverside, down Prescott way, last December, for not having life preservers on the hurricane deck and for being one man short in the crew.